Back in the Saddle!

We are back in Kijabe after a really nice break in Ireland.  We took some time to rest, spend time with family and friends, eat delicious seafood, and soak up the rain!  We moved into the house we just finished renovating in Howth, where my family live. Howth is a small fishing village on the Irish coast whose cliffs rival those found on the west coast…in my humble opinion!  Here are some photos from our time there…  I took these photos with my i-phone.  I can only imagine what Benjamin Edwards would capture with his lens and creativity!

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Keeping Ireland clean, one poop at a time!

Keeping Ireland clean, one poop at a time!

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We took a family holiday on the west coast and cycled the Greenway with the kids.  The Greenway is an old disused railway track that has been converted into a cycle / pedestrian path.  It starts in Westport, Co. Mayo, and winds its way through Newport, Mulranny, and finally ends up at Achill.  It is 26 miles (one way) of the most gorgeous scenery as it snakes through farmer’s fields, down old country lanes, beside lakes and rivers, over mountains, and by the wild Atlantic sea.  The kids wondered if I had what it takes to cycle the complete route to Achill and back!  It took us 4 days to cycle the entire Greenway and we stayed in a friend’s house in Newport and B&B’s along the way.  The first two days brought torrential rain and winds, which blew Jane off her bike and into roadside ditches at least twice during the journey!  We had borrowed rain gear from our friends but were soaked through nonetheless.  Our feet squelched with each peddle we took.  Our gloves were saturated and our faces stung as we battled against the ferocious winds.  But, we loved every minute of it.  You can’t fight the rain in Ireland; you have to embrace it, and we did.

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The last two days felt like we were on the Mediterranean as the sun beat down on our bare arms.  It was glorious!  We stopped off at small village coffee shops and bars for lunch and consumed at least a month’s worth of fresh seafood!

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Jane chasing the sheep!

Jane chasing the sheep!

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We returned to Kijabe recharged and ready to embrace the remainder of our time here.  We came back to a few more animals than we were expecting!  Caramel had a SURPRISE litter of baby bunnies while we were gone and Simba is pregnant for the second time and busy making a nest for her expected brood!  We have officially passed the point of no return!  Rats have taken up residence in our ceiling and sound like an army of excavators during the night!  Paul laid down some poison yesterday and we are hoping this brings their antics to an end…

Paul, handling the toxic rat poison and going to battle with the pests

Paul, handling the toxic rat poison and going to battle with the pests

Transport of goods, Kijabe style, on the back of a motorbike!

Transport of goods, Kijabe style, on the back of a motorbike!

Back to the deathly roads!  This is supposed to be a 2-lane highway!

Back to the deathly roads! This is supposed to be a 2-lane highway!

First day back to school = very happy kids!

First day back to school = very happy kids!

Runt and Lucy - always snuggling!

Runt and Lucy – always snuggling!

Way too many bunnies!

Way too many bunnies!

Although, they're very cute!

Although, they’re very cute!

A very happy Bosco to have us back :-)

A very happy Bosco to have us back 🙂

So!  We are back in the saddle and happy to be here.  We do have some changes coming up, which we will communicate about in due course.  In the meantime, if you are not on our prayer newsletter list (mail chimp) and wish to be, please let me know and I will add your email address.

Thanks, as always, for your support and interest in our crazy life adventure!

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3 thoughts on “Back in the Saddle!

  1. Carmel Ryan

    What beautiful pictures – have to get an iphone! Great to see all the Maras looking so well and my how the children have grown. Sorry didn’t catch you this time around – next visit maybe and by then Michael and Jane will be looking down at me. Love your blogs and am amazed at the wonderful work you do Well done You are truly great examples of prayer in action. God bless you all Grá Carmel

  2. Marlene Boston

    I am thrilled to see you’ve got a bit of rest and recreation. It’s so important to take those times so you can run the race ( a marathon not a sprint) . People who don’t take that time to be refreshed usually burn out and can’t finish the race.
    Lovely pics even with a phone!
    Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Beautiful Ireland, with rain and all. I’ve never been there, but your pictures are so peaceful! Glad you and family could take some time away from the long days and giving until you’ve given out. It sounds like your cup got filled up again getting away. Thank you all for all you are doing for those in need.

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